Sixth Form 2021-2022 Course Information Booklet - LEARNING AT OUR HEART, AT THE HEART OF OUR COMMUNITY - Harlington School

 
Sixth Form 2021-2022 Course Information Booklet - LEARNING AT OUR HEART, AT THE HEART OF OUR COMMUNITY - Harlington School
Sixth Form
Course Information Booklet
           2021-2022

 LEARNING AT OUR HEART, AT THE HEART OF OUR COMMUNITY.

                  Harlington School
      Pinkwell Lane, Hayes, Middlesex, UB3 1PB
Tel: 0208 569 1610 Web: www.harlingtonschool.co.uk
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PLEASE COMPLETE AN ONLINE APPLICATION FORM VIA THE
VIRTUAL OPEN EVENING PORTAL ON THE SCHOOL WEBSITE
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Mr C. Jefferies: Assistant Headteacher (Head of Sixth Form)
                         cjefferies@harlingtonschool.org
                                  tel: 02085873531

Ms G. Singh: Head of Year 13(2021-22)       Mr P. Jana: Head of Year 12 (2021-22)
    gsingh@harlingtonschool.org                 pjana@harlingtonschool.org

                  Ms K. Culverhouse: Sixth Form Study Manager
                      kculverhouse@harlingtonschool.org
                               tel: 020 8587 3560
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Contents

INTRODUCTION         The Next Chapter In Your Journey        Study Facilities
                     Careers & Guidance                      Volunteering/Mentoring
                     Preparation For Higher Education        Student Leadership Team
                     Destinations 2020                       Art Exhibition
                     High Expectations /SEND                 Careers Fair
                     Enriching Opportunities                 Course Information
                     Curriculum Enrichment                   Entry Criteria

COURSE INFORMATION   Art & Design
                     Biology
                     Business
                     Business Level 2 Extended Certificate
                     Chemistry
                     Cisco Networking
                     Economics
                     English Literature
                     English GCSE
                     Extended Project Qualification
                     Film Studies
                     French
                     German
                     Geography
                     History
                     Information Technology
                     Mathematics
                     Mathematics: Further
                     Maths GCSE
                     Media Studies
                     Philosophy & Ethics
                     Photography
                     Physics
                     Product Design
                     Psychology
                     Sociology
                     Spanish
                     Sport Science
                     Sport Science Level 2 Extended Certificate
                     Textiles
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The Next Chapter In Your Journey
At Harlington, we are extremely proud of our Sixth Form students and the vibrant contribution they make
to everyday school life. Achievement is very high, with half of all A Level grades being between A* to B.
This enables the majority of our students to progress to university; many of them to the most prestigious
Russell Group institutions. We strongly proclaim to be amongst the most successful post-16 providers in
the borough of Hillingdon; ranking near the top of the borough progress league table scores.

Our Sixth Form students join us having attained a wide range of academic achievements in Year 11 from
both our own KS4 and from a wide range of other schools (nearly 20% of our Year 12 cohort are derived
from other institutions). We are an inclusive Sixth Form and believe in offering a fresh start for all. We
firmly believe all students, whatever their starting point and whatever their histories, can progress in KS5
and aspire to high standards; though we understand some students may need to take longer to get there
than others. Through fostering this approach and encouraging everyone to aim high, our students are
empowered to make excellent progress during their time in the Sixth Form. Our Year 13 leavers annually
achieve excellent results relative to their starting points and move on to study a wide range of courses
including Medicine and Law at university.

Our success has led to considerable growth over the years, which has necessitated a considerable
increase in our course offer. Our A Level programme is augmented by vocational courses in Business, IT
and Sport Science and Level 2 courses in Business, Sport Science and Health & Social Care. Students may
also opt for a range of courses at our partner school. Our most able students are assisted in their applica-
tions to the high ranking university institutions by
studying for an additional Extended Project
Qualification (EPQ). We presently have around 30
Students undertaking EPQ in Year 12.

Our curriculum offer is further supported by a
comprehensive enrichment programme that includes
the Duke of Edinburgh Award, Art for Fun, Music for
Fun and a Journalism group. The Sixth Form at
Harlington is a purposeful and supportive place to
study. We continually seek to review our provision in
order to best serve the needs of a diverse school
population. We feel strongly in the notion of students
undergoing the full ‘Sixth Form Experience’ and we
hope you will see Harlington as the right place for you.

Students make good progress in the sixth form, as a
result of effective teaching. The sixth form is well
led.’
OFSTED 2015
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Careers & Guidance
Our Sixth Form students are guided and challenged to ensure they achieve. We want them to be
successful and happy. To that end, students can ask for help and expert advice from our experienced
on-site Career Adviser.

Advice on Careers

Students are encouraged to match their abilities and personal characteristics in a realistic way to their
career choice. There is the opportunity to survey a wide range of options with our own Careers Adviser.
Students wishing to go to work after their studies are complete, will be helped through the process of
applying for a job. Those that wish to go to further or higher education will be assisted every step of the
way with their college or UCAS applications. Specific guidance is provided to Level 2 students who are
writing their CVs and completing application forms for college and employment. All students will also un-
dertake a work experience placement at the end of Year 12.

UCAS Application

Students are supported with their applications and time is set aside during PSHE periods for essential
preparation. Tutors are available towards the end of the summer term to help complete UCAS state-
ments. An annual Careers Fair is organised by our careers adviser and local HE providers, employers and
government agencies are invited into the school. A variety of information is available to help students
make the correct choices.

          Sixth Form students can book a one to one session with our independent careers advisor Mrs T. Morris
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Preparation For Higher Education
We believe the majority of our students should be joining our Sixth Form with the long term aim of
applying to university. University study is not for everybody and we do offer support in gaining work
experience, apprenticeships and employment for those who feel further study is not for them. However,
we do have an academic focus and encourage most students to aspire to, and plan for higher education
from very early on in their post-16 studies.

We offer:

   Annual visits to open days (we have recently visited Warwick , Sussex and Portsmouth en-masse);
   Annual group visit to the Higher Education Fair (O2 arena, London);
   Annual group visit to Oxford University (all science students);
   Annual group visit to The Skills Show (Careers Fair, Birmingham NEC);
   Annual visit from the Student Finance Road Show team;
   Introduction to Higher Education session for parents and students;
   Tutorial sessions focusing on aspects of the application process;
   Higher Education Seminar (student finance, how to choose courses, how to choose universities, how to
    get work experience, how to log-in to UCAS);
   Application and interview skills seminars for those aspiring to ‘Selective’ universities;
   Mock interview practice;
   Bespoke programmes aimed at supporting applications to Oxbridge/Medicine courses;
   On-line application support;
   Annual work experience programme for all Year 12 students (one week in March);
   Visiting speakers focusing on a wide range of university-related issues including; ERASMUS (European
    university exchange programme) personal statement writing, applications for STEM subjects etc.
   Access to a specialist Careers Adviser.

‘Sixth formers remark on the strength or relationships and the support they receive in
gaining university places.’ OFSTED
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Destinations 2020
          Year 13: All University Placements
Student         Destination             Course of Study
   1          University of Roehampton         Business Management & Finance

   2             Kingston University                   Computer Science

   3          University of Roehampton         Business Management & Finance

   4            University of Glasgow                 Computing Science

   5            University of Aberdeen              Finance and Real Estate

   6           University of Worcester           Media & Culture and Sociology

   7             University of Exeter          Business with Industrial Experience

   8               Royal Holloway                  Business and Management

   9      Manchester Metropolitan University                  Law

  10           Brunel University London                Computer Science

  11             University of Essex                      Theatre Arts

  12               Royal Holloway                  Criminology and Sociology
  13           Brunel University London            Business and Management
  14       St Georges, University of London           Paramedic Science
  15          University of Hertfordshire           Information Technology
  16              Cardiff University             Applied Software Engineering
  17             Kingston University                Mechanical Engineering
  18          University of Roehampton                    Criminology
  19            University of Reading                  Computer Science
  20       Queen Mary University of London                Mathematics

  21             Kingston University                 International Business

  22               Royal Holloway                          Geography

  23          University of West London         Airline and Airport Management

  24               Royal Holloway                             Law

  25          University of West London               Fashion and Textiles
  26              University of Bath                       Sociology

  27      Manchester Metropolitan University        Film and Media Studies

  28           University of Portsmouth           Sport and Exercise Science

  29          University of West London                Computer Science

  30       St Mary's University, Twickenham       Sport and Exercise Science
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Destinations 2020
          Year 13: All University Placements
Student         Destination              Course of Study
  31        Queen Mary University of London                Physics

  32             University of Reading                    Pharmacy

  33                Royal Holloway                           Law

  34                Royal Holloway                    Computer Science

  35       University of Westminster, London              Real Estate

  36           University of West London                   Midwifery
  37         London South Bank University                    Law

  38                Royal Holloway                Law with a Year in Industry

  39           Brunel University London            Education with Placement

  40           University of West London                     Law

  41         London South Bank University           Information Technology

  42             University of Reading                    Pharmacy

  43           Brunel University London               Computer Science

  44           Brunel University London               Computer Science

  45             University of Reading                Computer Science

  46            Anglia Ruskin University              Biomedical Science

  47            University of Greenwich             Business with Finance
  48             University of Plymouth                    Medicine

  49           Brunel University London                   Pharmacy

  50            University of Greenwich        Criminology & Criminal Psychology

  51              Kingston University                    Biochemistry

  52              Kingston University                 Biomedical Science

  53                City University               Criminology and Sociology
  54                Royal Holloway                         Geology

  55                Royal Holloway                           Law

  56            University of Middlesex               Medical Physiology

  57         Birkbeck, University of London               Philosophy

  58                Royal Holloway                          Biology

  59              Kingston University              Pharmaceutical Sciences

  60           Brunel University London              Maths and Computing
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High Expectations
We set high expectations of our students. The onus is on the individual to make the most effective use of
their study time in order to maximise their chances of success. During study periods, all students are
expected to work quietly in order to allow for a calm and purposeful atmosphere. Year 12 students are
expected to work in the Sixth Form Common Room and may ‘earn’ greater freedoms if they are deemed
to be performing well in their studies. In early November, teachers will assess all students and supply
progress data; those who are well on track are rewarded with a door fob that allows students to leave
the site during the school day. In order to aid the transition from GCSE to post-16 study, all students
must complete a set of learning tasks related to each of their courses during the summer
holidays. There is a significant focus on study skills in Sixth Form assemblies during the first term. Each
student has a personal tutor who will academically mentor them throughout the duration of their time in
the Sixth Form. All students are expected to attend a study skills seminar in the Autumn Term.

                        Special Educational Needs
Students with special educational needs are encouraged to continue their education in the Sixth Form
and they will receive advice and guidance on appropriate courses of study on application. Harlington has
exceptional facilities, which cater for pupils with disabilities, including full access to all areas for
wheelchairs and a physiotherapy room where students can receive their medical treatment during the
school day. Students experiencing difficulties will be offered support with coursework and given
guidance on study skills and examination techniques.
Enriching Opportunities
As you will no doubt be aware, in the current challenging economic climate, entry into both university and
the job market is extremely competitive. Therefore students need to gather rounded skills and attributes
that set them apart from others in addition to their standard academic achievements. We strive to ensure
all students develop their interpersonal skills and offer a wide ranging enrichment programme.

Curriculum Enrichment
In addition to their main courses, students are expected to follow two enrichment activities. Students may
select from: EPQ, the Duke of Edinburgh Award, Enterprise, Art For Fun, Music For Fun, Journalism (school
newspaper), Sport and Fitness, Cooking.
Volunteering
Our students collectively give-back to the school and to the local community. Our sixth formers provide in
-lesson support to students in Years 7, 8 and 9 and always provide assistance at school events such as
parents’ evenings and open evenings. We have a group of students who take part in the ‘ICT in the
Community’ project where they assist local pensioners with their internet use. Through the World Wide
Volunteers programme, our students have undertaken projects with a wide range of charitable
organisations including Victim Support, Safe Haven, Compass Kidz, Haringey Shed, Hillingdon Hospital,
Rainbow Trust, Hillingdon Play Association and DASH (Learning Disabilities Charity)
Students as leaders
Sixth Form students actively contribute to wider school life through leading the School Council. The Stu-
dent Leadership Group comprises of the Head Boy & Girl and Deputy Head Students. Sixth Form students
may also be selected to act as part of the ‘Prefect Team’. Sixth Form students take a lead on organising
school events such as productions and charity-related activities.
Organising Charity Events
Sixth Form students take a lead role organising events such as the Fusion talent show, the school produc-
tion and fundraising events for Children in Need, Comic Relief and Sports Relief. This year our student
leaders have set up a food bank.
Debating
Sixth Form students have their own debate club which meet once per week. Our students won the first
ever Hillingdon Post-16 debating competition. Recently our students excelled in our first ever entry into
the MACE schools debating competition. Debating is part of the Year 13 PSHE programme.
Sport & Fitness
Sixth Form students have access to a wide range of fitness equipment in the gym. Students can take up a
membership at a subsidised fee of just £5 for the whole year. Students have use of the on-site sports
centre and GOALS.
Trips
Students undertake a variety of trips related to their subjects. Each year, for example some of our A level
History students visit Auschwitz and the A Level Art students recently visited Paris. In recent years our stu-
dents have also visited Dublin and Madrid. Closer to home students have visited the Design Museum, the
Houses of Parliament, the Old Bailey, the Globe Theatre and the IMAX Cinema.
Summer Ball
Our Year 13 students organise a Summer Leaver’s Ball. This is always a terrific and popular event which is
attended by most students and a large number of staff. In the summer term all students attend a leavers’
barbeque with their teachers.
Work Experience week

                           A variety of
 Art for Fun               subject-based
                           field trips

      Curriculum
      Enrichment
We seek to deliver rewarding enrichment opportuni-
ties. This ranges from timetabled sessions including
the Duke of Edinburgh Award, Art for Fun, Music for
Fun, Journalism group and Enterprise to curriculum-
related trips such as annual field trips and university
visits.

In the Spring term all Year 12 students undertake a
one week work experience placement which helps
to support their progression into employment or
Higher Education following their KS5 studies.

        Duke of Edinburgh Awards:
        Summer Expedition
Study Facilities
Sixth Form students enjoy the luxury of a dedicated study suite. This includes IT access via a bank of PC’s
and laptops. Students must show respect for others in the study room; accordingly students are expected
to work quietly. Students also have access to their own refectory that serves snacks and drinks from mid-
morning until early afternoon.

Harlington Library offers extended opening hours and a completely refurbished interior. It offers our
students    a   comfortable,     well    resourced   study    facility   and   now   boasts   the   added
luxury of a Starbucks coffee bar! Sixth Formers have access at any time and the new upgraded computer
suite offers a dedicated, quiet area for Sixth Form study with Wi-Fi access.

                                   LIBRARY
                                   OPENING HOURS

                                   Monday    9.00-5.30
                                   Tuesday   9.00-7.00
                                   Wednesday 9.00-5.30
                                   Thursday 9.00-5.30
                                   Friday    9.00-5.30
Volunteering & Mentoring

A dedicated team of sixth form students continue to make a huge difference to the progress of our
younger students by giving some of their valuable free time to mentoring. This collaboration benefits
both groups as our Sixth Formers learn additional skills and our young students receive one to one
support in areas of study that they find more difficult.

Prefects
Year 12 students can apply to join the Prefect Team. This
team of students hold responsibility around the school
including supporting staff with break/lunch duties, organ-
ising and overseeing charity events and helping to run
our School Council.

In Year 13 students can apply to join the Student leader-
ship Team. This comprises of the Head Girl, Head Boy and
a team of deputies. The Student leadership Team repre-
sent the voice of the students in all years of the school
and meet on a regular basis with the Headteacher.
Student Leadership Team 2020

           HEAD STUDENTS

       Head Boy          Head Girl
    Hassan Chaudhry     Nabiha Nazar

       DEPUTY HEAD STUDENTS

   Deputy Head Boy    Deputy Head Girl
    Sri Palanisamy      Faiza Razak
A Level Art Exhibition

Following our successful Art Exhibition this year, our students’ imaginative pieces were
displayed at the Southlands Gallery in London.
Sixth Form Careers Fair 2020

“The event was well organised and it was good to see students from across the year groups involved.”
Peter Sale, Hillingdon Training

                                                       ‘The Careers Fair has helped point me in the right direc-
                                                       tion and helped me find out what I need to achieve to get
                                                       there’
                                                       Year 12 student

                                                       Our Careers Officer, organised a successful Careers
                                                       Fair in February this year. Exhibitors included,
                                                       Uxbridge, Capel Manor, East Berkshire and West
                                                       Thames Colleges, Brunel, West London, and Bucks
                                                       Universities. Training providers offering apprentice-
                                                       ships were MIT, Hillingdon Training, JGA Group, and
                                                       HIT. The Metropolitan Police, Ambulance Service
                                                       and Fire Services together with The Challenge,
‘It’s really good that all the colleges and training
providers are here to give us the information and      Adult Education, Sports Football and Harlington
help us make the right choices’                        Youth Centre provided a wealth of information for
Year 12 student                                        our Year 10, 11 and Sixth Form students.
Course Information
You will have the opportunity to speak to the subject teachers on Open Evening and are encouraged to
study the information on the individual subject pages that follow. If you have any further questions
regarding the subjects on offer, please contact the teacher listed.

ENTRY CRITERIA

Though we offer a fresh start for all learners, we feel it is vitally important for students to be placed onto
courses in which they will achieve success. Some schools cynically allow students onto post-16 courses
with very low entry criteria. We believe this is done in order to generate more funding for the school and
with a disregard for the best intentions of the students. We refuse to do this at Harlington, believing that
it is better for a student to study courses we know they will do well at given the results they have already
achieved. Some courses are much more challenging than others and therefore a variety of entry criteria
for courses exist. In general students must aim for 5 GCSE passes at grade 4 or above (including good
grades in English Language and Mathematics) in order to qualify for Level 3 study. However, some cours-
es require grades that are higher than this.

HOW TO APPLY FOR HARLINGTON SIXTH FORM

We ask prospective students to complete an on-line application form. Application forms are on the web-
site. If you are unable to complete an on-line application you can collect a paper copy of the form from
school. Please complete and return paper forms to Ms K Culverhouse, Sixth Form Study Manager,
Harlington School, Pinkwell Lane, Hayes, UB3 1PB by

                                        FRIDAY 8th NOVEMBER 2020

                                                  PLEASE NOTE:
Courses listed in this prospectus are dependent on enrolment numbers. Should courses look to have low numbers we will do
         all we can to ensure students are given forewarning that such courses may not end up running as planned.
Course Criteria 2021-22 Entry
                     Qualifi-
   Course                           Level                                   Subject specific criteria
                     cation
      Art              A level         3                     4 in English and 3 other subjects at 4 or above (to include 6 in Art)

    Biology            A level         3       6 in both English & Maths and 4 other subjects at 6 or above (to include 6,6 in sciences)
                    Extended
    Business                           2                                       4 subjects at grade 3 or above
                    Certificate
                   Nat Extended
    Business                           3                       4 in both English & Maths and 3 other subjects at 4 or above
                    Certificate
   Chemistry           A Level         3         6 in both English & Maths and 4 other subjects at 6 grade (to include 6,6 in sciences)

   Economics           A Level         3                       5 in both English & Maths and 3 other subjects at 4 or above

English Language    GCSE Retake        2                                    3 or below in GCSE English Language

   English Lit         A Level         3                   6 in English Language & 4 in Maths and 3 other subjects at 4 or above

  Film Studies         A Level         3                       4 in both English & Maths and 3 other subjects at 4 or above

     French            A Level         3         5 in English & 4 in Maths and 3 other subjects at 4 or above (to include 7 in French)

    German             A Level         3         5 in English & 4 in Maths and 3 other subjects at 4 or above (to include 7 in German)

   Geography           A Level         3       5 in both English & Maths and 3 other subjects at 4 or above (to include 6 in Geography)
 Health & Social     Ext Certifi-
                                       2                                       4 subjects at grade 3 or above
      Care              cate
    History            A Level         3         5 in both English & Maths and 3 other subjects at 4 or above (to include 6 in History)
                     Cambridge
       IT                              3                       4 in both English & Maths and 3 other subjects at 4 or above
                      Technical
     Maths             A Level         3                       7 in Maths & 5 in English and 3 other subjects at 6 or above*

 Maths: Further        A Level         3                       8 in Maths & 5 in English and 3 other subjects at 6 or above**

     Maths          GCSE Retake        2                                              3 in GCSE Maths
                   Key Function-
     Maths                             1                                            2 or 1 in GCSE Maths
                      al Skills
 Media Studies         A Level         3                       4 in both English & Maths and 3 other subjects at 4 or above

  Photography          A Level         3          4 in English and 3 other subjects at 4 or above (to include 6 in Art or Photography)

   Philosophy          A Level         3              5 in both English & Maths and 3 other subjects at 4 or above (to include 6 in RE)

    Physics            A Level         3       6 in both English & Maths and 4 other subjects at 6 or above (to include 6,6 in sciences)

   Psychology          A Level         3      5 in English & 6 in Maths and a 6 in a science subject (preferably Biology, but not essential)

 Product Design        A Level         3      4 in both English & Maths and 3 other subjects at 4 or above (to include 5 in a DT subject)

   Sociology           A Level         3                       5 in both English & Maths and 3 other subjects at 4 or above

    Spanish            A Level         3         5 in English & 4 in Maths and 3 other subjects at 4 or above (to include 7 in Spanish)
                    Nat Ext Cer-
     Sport                             3                       4 in both English & Maths and 3 other subjects at 4 or above
                      tificate
                     Extended
     Sport                             2                                       4 subjects at grade 3 or above
                     Certificate
    Textiles           A Level         3      5 in English & 4 in Maths and 3 other subjects at 4 or above (to include 6 in Art or Textiles)

Extended Project       EPQ AS          3                          5 in English & Maths and 2 other subjects at 6 or above

     CISCO          IT Essentials    n.a.                                  Must be studying Level 3 qualifications

*must also pass an algebra test in September
**must also be studying regular A level Mathematics
COURSE INFORMATION PAGES
A Level in Art, Craft & Design
Exam Board: AQA
Method of Assessment: Coursework unit and externally set
exam (15 hours )
Entry requirements: 4 in English & 3 other subjects at 4 or above
(to include 6 in Art, Photography or Textiles)

                                      This is a broad-based course exploring practical, critical and contextual
                                      work through a range of 2D and/or 3D processes and media. Art, craft and
                                      design gives you the skills and knowledge to create personal and
                                      imaginative work. You can choose to focus on a specialist area of study
                                      from a variety of exciting processes and media to suit your individual
                                      interests and abilities. If you have an adventurous, creative and enquiring
                                      mind and are excited by shaping and determining the visual world around
                                      us, there is a career opportunity waiting for you.

                                      Course Content
                                      A-level Art, Craft and Design is a practical courses in which you learn by
                                      doing, so you will be able to create imaginative personal work. You will find
                                      out about a whole range of media, techniques and processes. You will
                                      develop your creativity and independent thought, learn to express yourself
                                      visually and let your imagination flourish. Art, craft and design is a great
                                      companion to all other subjects as creativity, imagination and problem
                                      solving skills can give you great ideas for your other subjects. Much of the
                                      work is of a personal nature and requires students to think and act
                                      independently both in school and at home. During the course, students are
                                      expected to visit galleries as well as attending other Art Department trips.

                                            A Level Assessment
Component 1 : Personal Investigation - you will develop work for a personal investigation into an idea, issue,
concept or theme supported by written material. This will count for 60% of your total A-level marks. Set and
marked in school moderated by AQA visit
Component 2 : Externally set assignment - you will produce personal work in response to one of eight exciting
starting points which will count for 40% of your total A-level marks
Preparatory period plus 15 hours supervised time. Set by AQA, marked in school, moderated by AQA visit

Career Pathways:
Possible Degree options—Architecture • Art conservation • Art history • Art therapy • Fashion design •
Film/video production • Fine art • Graphic design • Illustration • Interior design • Jewellery design •
Photography • Product design • Textile design • Theatre design • Three-dimensional design • Web design

Possible career options—Studying an art, craft and design related degree at university can give you all sorts
of exciting career options, including • Animator • Architect • Art therapist • Art restoration • Cartoonist •
Computer game designer • Community arts worker • Exhibition designer • Fashion designer • Film/video maker •
Fine artist • Furniture designer • Graphic designer • Illustrator • Interior designer • Jeweller • Museum/gallery
conservator • Medical illustrator • Printmaker • Product designer • Teacher • Theatre designer

                                                     Contact Teachers: Mr M Rees, Miss S Williams
A Level in Biology
Exam Board: AQA
Method of Assessment: Terminal written exam papers
Entry requirements: 6 in English and Maths & 4 other subjects at 6 or above (to include 6,6 in
Science subjects at GCSE)

Course Content:
Year 1
Unit 1: Biological molecules
Unit 2: Cells
Unit 3: Organisms exchange substances with their environment
Unit4: Genetic information, variation and relationships between
organisms

Year 2
Unit 5: Energy transfers in and between organisms
Unit 6: Organisms response to changes in their internal and external
environments
Unit 7: Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems
Unit 8: The control of gene expression

A Level Biology:
Biology A level is a linear assessment, with all exams at the end of the course. There are three examina-
tion papers which will test your knowledge, understanding and application of the above topics. There
will also be 12 required practical tasks which will be assessed in the three written exam papers. 15% of
the A-level marks will be for practical knowledge and understanding.

    Career Pathways:
    Biology is a useful subject for anyone intending
    to pursue a career in any branch of medicine or
    veterinary science or in many areas of biologi-
    cal or biochemistry research. It is also a good
    choice for the non-scientist and combines well
    with Geography and Psychology

                                                                        Contact Teachers: Mrs Tailor
BTEC National Extended Certificate in Business
Exam Board: Edexcel
Method of Assessment: written examination and externally set
assignments.

Entry requirements: 5 in English and Maths & 3 other subjects
at 4 or above (or BTEC Level 2 at Merit or above).

Course Content:
The aim of this programme is to give learners the knowledge, understanding and
skills that they need to prepare for employment or higher education. Additionally,
this qualification engages learners to take responsibility for their own learning and
to develop skills that are essential for the modern-day workplace. These skills in-
clude: team working; working from a prescribed brief; working to deadlines; pre-
senting information effectively; and accurately completing administrative tasks and
processes.

COURSE CONTENT

Year 12

•    Exploring Business
•    Personal and Business Finance
Year 13

•     Developing a Marketing Campaign
•     Recruitment and Selection in business

ASSESSMENT

    58% External assessment and 42% Internal assessment

Career Pathway: This course provides a progression to higher education degree
programmes or into the world of employment

                                                                  Contact Teachers: Ms Jana
BTEC Level 2 Extended Certificate in Business
Exam Board: Edexcel
Method of Assessment: Two External Exams, Ten Written Assignments, Presentations and Role plays
Entry requirements: 4 subjects at grade 3 or above

Course Content:
The aim of this course is to develop students’ knowledge and understanding by applying their learning
and skills in a work-related context. Additionally, this qualification engages learners to take responsibility
for their own learning and to develop skills that are essential for the modern-day workplace. These skills
include: team working; working from a prescribed brief; working to deadlines; presenting information
effectively; and accurately completing administrative tasks and processes.

COURSE CONTENT

Year 12

  Enterprise in the business world
  Finance for business (External exam)
  Principles of marketing (External exam)
  Promoting a Brand
  Principles of customer service
  Sales and personal selling
  Providing business support
  Recruitment, selection and employment
  Using business documentation
  Introducing law and consumer rights
  Financial planning and forecasting
  Visual merchandising in retail business

ASSESSMENT

17% External assessment and 83% internal assessment

Career Pathway:
BTEC Level 2 qualification leads onto BTEC level 3 or AS levels (if students gain overall Merit). Alternative-
ly students will be able to access customer service or administrative jobs at a junior level.

                                                                              Contact Teachers: Ms Jana
A Level in Chemistry
Exam Board: AQA
Method of Assessment: Examination
Entry requirements: 6 in both English and Maths & 4 other subjects at
6 grade (to include 6,6 in science subjects at GCSE)

Course Content:
Chemistry A level is a linear assessment, with all exams at the end of the course. There are three
examination papers which will test your knowledge, understanding and application of the topics be-
low. There will also be 12 required practicals which will be assessed in the three written exam papers.
15% of the A-level marks

                                      Year 1                                             Year 2
              Atomic structure                                   Thermodynamics
              Amount of substance                                Rate equations
              Bonding                                            Equilibrium constant Kc for homogeneous systems
 Physical
              Energetics                                         Electrode potentials and electrochemical cells
chemistry
              Kinetics                                           Acids and bases
              Chemical equilibria and Le Chatelier's principle
              Oxidation, reduction and redox equations
              Periodicity                                        Properties of Period 3 elements and their oxides
Inorganic     Group 2, the alkaline earth metals                 Transition metals
Chemistry     Group 7, the halogens                              Reactions of ions in aqueous solution
                                                                 Properties of Period 3 elements and their oxides
              Introduction to organic chemistry                  Optical isomerism
              Alkanes                                            Aldehydes and ketones
              Halogenoalkanes                                    Carboxylic acids and derivatives
              Alkenes                                            Aromatic chemistry
 Organic      Alcohols                                           Amines
chemistry     Organic analysis                                   Polymers
                                                                 Amino acids, proteins and DNA
                                                                 Organic synthesis
                                                                 Nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy
                                                                 Chromatography

Course Overview:
Chemistry is the subject of elements and of the compounds they
form. It is a subject that leads you to where your imagination can
take you. Mathematics is very much involved in chemistry, mainly
algebra. It is a challenging but interesting subject and it is brilliant
when you can really get to grips with a problem, e.g. preparing a sub-
stance and then carrying out tests to confirm that it is the substance
that you have made. Some, or I’d rather say, most of the substances
that have been formed by chemists have been formed by luck or by
mistake e.g. ammonia gas.

Chemistry is essential to study Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Medicine and Pharmacy. It is advisable
for any other para-medical or biological degree course as well as some engineering courses. The skills
learned in chemistry are also highly valued in the study of Law/ Accountancy/Science/Information Tech-
nology.
                                                                             Contact Teachers: Ms Phalora
IT Essentials in PC Hardware and Software
Exam Board: Cisco Networking Academy
Method of Assessment: Chapter Examinations and Practical assess-
ments
Entry requirements: Must be studying Level 3 qualifications
The Cisco Networking Academy® IT Essentials curriculum provides an introduction to the technical skills needed to
help meet the growing demand for entry-level ICT professionals. The curriculum covers the fundamentals of com-
puter hardware and software as well as advanced concepts such as security, networking, and the responsibilities
of an ICT professional. The curriculum offers the following benefits:

• Students develop working knowledge of how computers operate, how to assemble computers, and how to trou-
 bleshoot hardware and software issues.
• Hands-on labs and the Virtual Laptop and Virtual Desktop learning tools help students develop critical thinking
 and complex problem-solving skills. The course emphasizes the practical application of skills and procedures
 needed for hardware and software installations, upgrades, and troubleshooting.
• Cisco® Packet Tracer simulation-based learning activities promote the exploration of networking and network
 security concepts, while allowing students to experiment with network behaviour.
• Online assessments provide immediate feedback to support the evaluation of knowledge and acquired skills.
• The course helps students develop the career skills needed to successful communicate within an ICT business
 environment and interact with customers

Course Content:
• Building a computer and installation of the motherboard, floppy and hard drives, CD-ROM, and video cards.
• Installing and managing Windows operating systems.
• Adding peripherals and multimedia capabilities.
• Implementing and using a local-area network architecture, networking protocols, and TCP/IP utilities.
• Maintaining and troubleshooting PC hardware and software.

Industry Recognised Certification:
IT Essentials: PC Hardware and Software is a hands-on, career-oriented e-learning solution with an emphasis on
practical experience to help students develop fundamental computer skills, along with essential career skills. The
curriculum helps students prepare for entry-level ICT career opportunities and the CompTIA A+ certification,
which helps students differentiate themselves in the marketplace to advance their careers. In addition, ITE pro-
vides a learning pathway to the Cisco CCNA® curricula. After becoming certified, students will be qualified to
work as computer support professionals and technicians in a variety of work environments and industries.
Student Perspective:
“The course is interesting and fairly easy for those who take a keen interest in ICT, but even if you are a beginner
you can learn the information with the online materials! I'd recommend the course to anyone who takes an inter-
est in ICT. It helps if you are open to new computing technologies and ideas as you study computing in depth on
this course. I would like to become a Network Engineer by taking Cisco to the next level at University.”

                                                                   Contact Teachers: Mr MBuru or Mr Hasham
A Level in Economics
Exam Board: Edexcel
Method of Assessment: 3 written examinations at the end of Year 13
Entry requirements: 5 in English and Maths & 3 other subjects at 4 or above

Course Overview:
The study of Economics is concerned with the allocation of scarce resources and the decisions which
then have to be made by individuals, businesses and governments when allocating these resources. It
looks at the trade-offs involved in making these decisions and tools that can be used to help in the
decision making process. The course is spilt into two distinct categories – the focus on the microeco-
nomic factors and the focus on the macroeconomic factors.

As part of the final assessment students will be required to demonstrate quantitative as well as quali-
tative skills. Therefore it is vital that students have a strong basis in Maths and English.

Students will be assessed at the end of year 13 through three exams which will assess the content
covered over the two years.

Career Pathways:
Economics keeps you career options open. The skills developed
are much valued by employers and Economics is useful in a sur-
prisingly wide variety of careers. Economics A Level students
have gone to university to read a wide range of courses ranging
from Economics, Management to Engineering.

                                                                        Contact Teachers: Ms Jana
A Level in English Literature
 Exam Board: OCR
 Method of Assessment: Internal exams at the end of Year 12. A level exams at the end of Year
 13 as well as 2 pieces of coursework.
 Entry requirements: 6 in English Language and 4 in Maths & 3 other subjects at 4 or above.

Course Overview:
Welcome to A Level English Literature. This is a successful subject at A Level and we are all committed to taking
you from your GCSE studies and equipping you for university study in this or other subjects. This course will
deepen your knowledge of literature and support the development of your writing skills. You will be introduced
to more challenging texts and will be expected to research topics which are of interest to you on the course. A
Level English Literature is a highly regarded subject and complements a range of other subjects, including Histo-
ry, Philosophy and Ethics, Media and Psychology as well as the sciences. This is a great course for those wishing
to pursue careers in a wide range of professions, including journalism, business, media, teaching, law and
writing. We sincerely hope you enjoy your time with us, and that we can help you to achieve your goals.

                                              Course Structure
                  Year 12                                                        Year 13
           Component 1: Shakespeare                             Component 1: Drama and Poetry pre-1900
                The Tempest                                  The Duchess of Malfi by John Webster & Selected
                                                                       poems of Christina Rossetti
       Component 1: Poetry pre-1900                    Component 1: Shakespeare (proposition and extract analysis)
     Selected poetry of Christina Rossetti                                     The Tempest
        Component 2 Prose post-1900                 Component 2: Comparative Contextual Study- American Literature
    The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald   The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald & The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
       Component 2: Drama post-1900                     Component 3: Literature post-1900 Coursework Linked Text
      The History Boys by Alan Bennett             The History Boys by Alan Bennett & Notes on a Scandal by Zoe Heller
                                                 Component 3: Literature Post-1900 Coursework close reading/recreative
                                                                   The World’s Wide by Carol Ann Duffy

                                                                                    Contact Teachers: Mr Farrell
GCSE in English Language
                                              Exam Board: AQA
                                              Method of Assessment: 2 exams at the end of
                                              the year, each of 1 hour and 45 minutes.

                                              Entry requirements: Grade 3 or below in English
                                              Language. Students with Grade 4 will be permitted
                                              to retake if space permits.

Students aged 16 to 19 who wish to continue into further education must have a grade 4 or
above in either GCSE English Literature or GCSE English Language. Many universities will be look-
ing for a grade 5 GCSE in English Language. In order to secure funding for their further education
course, students with a grade 3 or below must continue to study GCSE English Language.

Course Assessment:

PAPER 1

Time: 1 hour 45 minutes
Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing
(50% of the GCSE assessed by External Examination)

PAPER 2

Time: 1 hour 45 minutes
Writers’ Viewpoints and Perspectives
(50% of the GCSE assessed by External Examination)

SPOKEN LANGUAGE

Students will be assessed for their ability to make a presentation, participate
in an informed discussion and argue a point of view.

                                                                      Contact Teacher: Ms Hellier
AS Level Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)
 Exam Board: AQA
 Method of Assessment: Completely coursework based. There is no exam. A report of about
 5000 words plus your completed Log are sent off for moderation. Worth the same UCAS points as any
 AS’ Level.

 Entry Requirements: 5 in English and Maths & 2 other subjects at 6 or above

The Project : 80 hours of independent study
This new and exciting course is unlike any other A’ level; as it has no set content Each student has the
opportunity to decide their own topic of study and their own research question. You will be assigned a
tutor who will help you carry out your research and put together your own report. You will complete a
log charting your progress and give a presentation of your findings.

The Taught Element : 30 hours of guided study.
You will be taught all the skills and techniques you need to form a good research question, carry out
the research and produce an outstanding report. (2 periods a week)

Progression Pathway:
This course prepares you like no other for university. It is highly valued by the Top Russell Group Uni-
versities. It will allow you to demonstrate independent working, analytical ability and the construction
of a complex argument based on your own research. It can significantly enhance your personal state-

                                                       Contact Teachers: Ms Singh or Mr Whitten
A Level in Film Studies
Exam Board: Eduqas
Method of Assessment: 70% exam, 30% coursework
Entry requirements: 4 in English and 4 in Maths & 3 other subjects at 4 or above

Course Content:
Students will gain a deeper understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of film. Film was the major
art form of the twentieth century and it is a cultural form that is still of great significance at the be-

Career Pathways:
Film Studies offers valuable transferable academic skills which can be used to gain access to a wide
range of other subject courses at degree level. Possible careers pathways are, extremely flexible.
Contrary certain views film dies has been an extremely successful way for our students to gain ac-
cess into excellent universities. Our high grades rewards students with sufficient UCAS points to en-
ter almost any discipline.
                                                                          Contact Teachers: Mr Mann
A Level in French
   Exam Board: AQA
   Method of Assessment: Examination
   Entry requirements: 5 in English and 4 in Maths & 3 other
   subjects at 4 or above (to include 6 in French)

                                                Unit 1: Listening, Reading and Writing
                                                Assessment: Externally examined written paper
                                                AS Level: 1 hour 45 mins. Weighting: 45%
                                                A Level: 2 hours 30 mins. Weighting 50%

                                                Unit 2 : Writing
                                                Assessment: Translation & critical essay
                                                AS Level: One essay on chosen film or text; English to French
                                                translation. 1 hour 15 mins. Weighting: 25%
                                                A Level: Two essays on chosen film and text. English to French
                                                translation. 2 hours. Weighting 20%

                                                Unit 3: Speaking (topic discussion & question re-
                                                sponse)
                                                Assessment: Discussion, presentation

COURSE CONTENT
Social Issues & Current trends: The changing state of the family, the digital world, youth culture:
fashion & trends, music, television. Immigration, Integration & Racism.
Artistic culture: Festivals & traditions, art & architecture, cultural life in Paris—past & present.
French & the European Union, and Politics & Youth.
Grammar: Pupils are expected to show understanding of a variety of grammar.
Individual Research Project: Pupils choose a question on a topic of interest to them and which re-
lates to a country or countries where German is spoken.

Career Pathways:                                                   A students perspective:
In the world of work, speaking a second language brings very       This course provides a lively, stimulating and challenging
marketable assets. At University it is possible to combine         continuation from GCSE. The course demands cultural,
French with almost any other discipline.                           social and grammatical awareness as you will explore a
                                                                   wide variety of themes relating to contemporary France.
                                                                   society, the world over! You will also get the opportunity
What to buy                                                        to visit Germany.
A small book of French Verb tables
A Higher level GCSE , or A level revision guide with CD for Lis-
tening practice. It is important to listen to some French too.
long summer holiday!
                                                                               Contact Teachers: Mr Mortiboys
A Level in German
   Exam Board: AQA
   Method of Assessment: Examination
   Entry requirements: 5 in English and 4 in Maths & 3 other subjects at
   Grade 4 or above (to include 6 in German)

                                               Unit 1: Listening, Reading and Writing
                                               Assessment: Externally examined written paper
                                               AS Level: 1 hour 45 mins. Weighting: 45%
                                               A Level: 2 hours 30 mins. Weighting 50%

                                               Unit 2 : Writing
                                                Assessment: Translation & critical essay
                                                AS Level: One essay on chosen film or text; English to German
                                                translation. 1 hour 15 mins. Weighting: 25%
                                                A Level: Two essays on chosen film and text. English to German
                                                translation. 2 hours. Weighting 20%

                                                Unit 3: Speaking (topic discussion & question re-
                                                sponse)
                                               Assessment: Discussion, presentation

COURSE CONTENT
Social Issues & Current trends: The changing state of the family, the digital world, youth culture:
fashion & trends, music, television). Immigration, Integration & Racism.
Artistic culture: Festivals & traditions, art & architecture, cultural life in Berlin—past & present.
Germany & the European Union, Politics & Youth, German RE-unification & its consequences.
Grammar: Pupils are expected to use show understanding of a variety of grammatical structures and
systems (see AQA draft specification for more details).
Individual Research Project: Pupils choose a question on a topic of interest to them and which re-

Career Pathways:                                                   A students perspective:
In the world of work a second language and the skills it de-       This course provides a lively, stimulating and challenging
mands are very marketable assets. At University it is possible     continuation from GCSE. The course demands cultural,
to combine German with almost any other discipline from            social and grammatical awareness as you will explore a
Chemistry to Law to Business, Media and Medicine.                  wide variety of themes relating to contemporary German
                                                                   society, the world over! You will also get the opportunity
                                                                   to visit Germany.
Zu kaufen! What to buy
A small book of German Verb tables
A Higher level GCSE , or A level revision guide with CD for Lis-
tening practice. It is important to listen to some German in the   WENN SIE FRAGEN HABEN...
long summer holiday!
                                                                               Contact Teachers: Mr Mortiboys
A Level in Geography
Exam Board: AQA
Method of Assessment: This is a two year course that will be assessed at the end of the second
year by two written examinations and a 3000-4000 word fieldwork investigation.
Entry requirements: 5 in English and Maths & 3 other subjects at 4 or above (to include 6 in
Geography)

Unit 1: Physical geography
Section A: Water and carbon cycles
Section B: Coastal systems and landscapes
Section C: Hazards

Unit 1 exam: Written examination: 2 hour and 30 minutes,
40% of the qualification.
The examination may include multiple-choice questions,
short open, open response, calculations and resource-linked
questions.

Unit 2: Human Geography
Section A: Global systems and global governance
Section B: Changing places
Section C: Population and the environment
Unit 2 exam: Written examination: 2 hour and 30 minutes,
40% of the qualification.
The examination may include multiple-choice questions,
short open, open response, calculations and resource-linked
questions and extended writing questions.

Unit 3: Geography Fieldwork investigation
Students must complete a minimum of four days of field-
work. Fieldwork must be carried out in relation to physical
and human geography. Students complete an individual in-
vestigation which must include data collected in the field.
The individual investigation must be based on a question or
issue defined and developed by the student relating to any
part of the specification content.
How it is assessed:
3,000–4,000 words
20% of A Level

Career Pathways:
Students of Geography are well prepared for the world outside. The subject contains many key skills which
are relevant to almost any career or degree course. There are a huge variety of career paths that Geography
relates to– please speak to the contact teachers!

                                                                            Contact Teachers: Dr Afolabi
A Level in History
Exam Board: Edexcel
Method of Assessment: Examination
Entry requirements: 5 in English and Maths & 3 other subjects at 4 or above (to include 6 in
History)

Unit 1: In search of the American dream: The USA 1917-96.
Students will learn about the dramatic political, economic and social
Transformation of the USA in the twentieth century, an era that saw the
USA challenged by the consequences of political, economic and social
Inequalities at home and of its involvement in International conflict

Unit 2: South Africa, 1948-94: from apartheid state to
‘rainbow nation.’
Students will learn about the transition from White minority rule to free
Elections in 1994. We will look at the creation of the apartheid regime
and the methods used to overthrow apartheid.

Unit 3: Lancastrians, Yorkists and Henry VII, 1399-1509
We will look at the dramatic developments in late medieval England that
centred around the personalities and skills of a series of Kings, Queens
and powerful subjects during the fight for the throne of England

Unit 4: Historical Enquiry: 20th Century International Rela-
tions, 1879-1980.
You will complete an assignment in which you are to analyse and evaluate
different interpretations.
Maximum: 4,000 words

Additional Skills:
With A level History, you will learn critical thinking skills, excellent writing skills and public speaking skills
that translate well into the world of work.
Because the skills gained by History A- level are so wide-ranging, the skills you gain are required by almost eve-
ry type of employer. If you continue by going for a Bachelor's degree in History you have the opportunity to
have a career as a research assistant or a management trainee. Your career opportunities will widen dramati-
cally if you also have a Master's degree or doctorate in History. Furthermore, It's rare to be able to walk straight
into a history-related occupation upon graduating. Such careers need to be planned for, as they usually need
some extra study or training. However, history graduates gain so many transferable skills that employers in
business, government and education are often keen to recruit you. Such skills include research, communication
and statistical methods. Your employability will be enhanced if you undertake work experience and relevant
post-graduate qualifications.

                                                                                Contact Teachers: Mr Daoudi
Cambridge Technical Level 3 in IT
Exam Board: OCT
Method of Assessment: There is one internally assessed unit which is marked and submitted to the
exam board for moderation.

Externally Examined units: these are the Mandatory units are examined in the January and June. Stu-
dents are allowed one resit. Results are published in the March and August.

Entry requirements: 4 in English and Maths & 3 other subjects at 4 or above

Overview:
This is an industry approved course with a high focus on
cyber-security. The OCT Level 3 Cambridge Technicals in
IT are an Award that offer two routes. The Applied Gen-
eral Award designed for those wishing to attend Universi-
ty and the Technicals Level Award which are designed for
those considering employment. Both awards follow the
same course in the first year with two Mandatory units,
and both externally examined. This accounts for 180
Guided Learning Hours.

In the second year students can either follow the Applied or Technical pathways and there are five
pathways. The main difference is that the Applied Award has one Mandatory Unit in the second year
and is externally assessed whereas the Technical pathways have a Mandatory Unit which is internally
assessed. Both awards have two further units which are also internally assessed.

                                                             Career Pathways:
                                                             •   Data Analyst
                                                             •   Information Systems Manager
                                                             •   Computer Scientist
                                                             •   IT Consultant
                                                             •   Systems Analyst
                                                             •   Software Design
                                                             •   Network Engineer
                                                             •   Network Analyst
                                                             •   Web Content Manager
                                                             •   Cyber security analyst/
                                                                 investigator

                                                                    Contact Teacher: Mr McGovern
A Level in Mathematics
Exam Board: Edexcel
Method of Assessment: The Further Math's A Level course consists of two Core Pure Mathematics
modules, and onemodule on statistics and one module on mechanics. This specification has been de-
signed for students who have a high ability in or are motivated by
Mathematics.
Entry requirements: 7 in Maths and 5 in English & 3 other subjects at 6 or above. Must be studying
A Level Maths.

Course Content:
This course is designed to develop and extend your mathematical knowledge and skills. These include the
skill of working with mathematical information, as well as the ability to think logically and independently,
consider accuracy, model situations mathematically, analyse results and reflect on findings. The core
pure aspect of the course includes topics such as; Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, Calculus, Complex
numbers, Matrices, Proof, Hyperbolic functions, Polar coordinates, Differential equations. This is a taught
course which requires a lot commitment and dedication through self-study. The students are taught con-
tent which supports and builds upon the Mathematic A level content.

Student Perspective:

Students who take Further Mathematics find
that the additional time spent studying
mathematics boosts their marks in the single
A level Mathematics. For someone who en-
joys mathematics, it provides a challenge
and a chance to explore new and/or more
sophisticated mathematical concepts.

 Career Pathways:
 This course is particularly appropriate for those students who expect mathematics to feature significant-
 ly in their higher education.

                                                             Contact Teachers: Mr Fish or Mr Neta
A Level in Further Mathematics
Exam Board: Edexcel
There are many good reasons for you to take Further Mathematics:
•   Students taking Further Mathematics overwhelmingly find it to be an
    enjoyable, rewarding, stimulating and empowering experience.
•   For someone who enjoys mathematics it provides a challenge and a chance to explore new and/or
    more sophisticated mathematical concepts.
•   It enables you to distinguish yourself as an able mathematician in the university and employment
•   market.
•   It will make the transition to a mathematics-related university course easier.

Method of Assessment: A level: three papers at the end of second year of study, 2 x 2 hour core
pure papers and 1 x 1 hour applied (both Statistics and Mechanics assessed in one paper), all calculator.

Entry requirements: Grade 8 in GCSE Maths and 5 in GCSE English & 3 other subjects at 6 or above
(students are also required to pass a baseline test )

Course Content:         Further Mathematics is for students who have a proven mathematical ability. They will
possess mathematical flair, passion and love for the subject. Many students will go on to read Mathematics at
University or follow a course that has significant mathematical content .
You will be provided with skills such as: how to construct mathematical
proofs; interpret problems and communicate correctly using correct
mathematical grammar, notation and symbols.
New topics include: complex numbers and matrices in Core Pure Maths.

Student Perspective:
If you are especially keen on Mathematics you will really enjoy the full A-level in Further Mathematics.
It is a challenging qualification, but students who do it usually find it is their favourite subject.
Further Mathematics qualifications are prestigious and are strongly welcomed by universities. Students
that do Further Mathematics are really demonstrating a strong commitment to their studies, as well as
learning mathematics that is very useful for any maths-related degree.

Career Pathways:
Actuarial Science; Insurance; Pension Annuities, Banking & Commerce, and for many branches of Engi-
neering it is desirable to have a Further Mathematics qualification.

                                                                               Contact Teachers: Mr Neta
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